United States Secretary of State John Kerry recently announced the launch of a U.S.-Tunisia “strategic dialogue” next April. This third “dialogue” of its kind with a Maghreb country illustrates the growing U.S. attention to the region. But what can it bring?
Considering new environments brought about by the 2011 uprisings in north Africa, it is no coincidence that one of the foremost issues in these dialogues is regional security. Post-revolutionary turmoil and the ensuing porosity of borders facilitated the flow of weapons and fighters from Libya; and elicited terrorist flashpoints in Algeria and Tunisia.Oussama Romdhani